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Team Sprint - Australian pair of Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch set world best time.

 

Race Writeup

Final

Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch set a world fastest time to win the World Championship Team Sprint title. Meares set a blistering 18.692 second first lap to set up McCulloch to finish in 33.149 seconds. Relegated to second in a unusual spot for British cycling was the pair of Vicky Pendleton and Shanaze Reade. The Brits only managed a 19.195 second first lap by Reade. It was not enough to put Pendleton into a winning position. Settling for a silver medal, the pair were obviously disappointed. 

In third place the  Lithuania team, that included yesterdays 500m TT winner Simona Krupeckaite and Gintare Gaivenyte, secured the Bronze medal ahead of the French.  

Qualifying

The Australian pair of Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch qualified fastest in the Team Sprint with a time of 33.452 seconds. Meares blasted the first lap in a time of 18.833 seconds. Having ridden first, the Australians had to wait until the British pair had ridden to have it confirmed who they would meet in the Gold medal ride. 

The French pair of Sandie Clair and Clara Sanchez secured their place in the Bronze ride with a time of 33.609 seconds. They meet the Lithuanian  team who completed their ride in a time of 33.617 seconds. 

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Post Race Comments 

Anna Meares and Kaarle Mcculloch (AUS) blew the competition away setting the fastest time ever in the Team Sprint. "I am speechless," said McCulloch as she came off the track. "It is amazing. I had no idea how fast I was going, I just rode as hard as I could. I am so happy to have done this with Anna too, I am really please and a little speechless," said McCulloch. Asked when she can celebrate, McCulloch added, "I have the sprint and the Keirin over the next couple of days, but I am sure I will celebrate on Sunday night. My family have flown all the way from Australia to see this so I am sure we will be having a party soon."

Meares was amazed at her time for the first lap, "That is incredible. It is really great for Kaarle. I've won a World Championship arr...," said Meares in excitement. "This is my third World Championship jersey, but I have not won one in a team event before so this is very special. God it is special. I am really please. I am on such a high. To walk away with the rainbow jersey is incredible. To win with Kaarle and to do it in such a great time, it is great for our country and great for our sport," added Meares. 

Vicky Pendleton and Shanaze Reade (GBR) could not repeat the success of 2008, only managing a silver medal. Reade reflected on the race, "After the Olympic games it has been a tough few months. I only had four weeks preparation coming into this event and I don't feel I let myself down. I came back and did a 19.1 second first lap, which is only a second off my personal best. The Aussies have just found some magic in the final. An 18.692 second lap is so far off by PB, it just shows for the future that the competition is getting harder and harder. I have got to do more than four weeks to compete with them now," said Reade. . 

Simona Krupeckaite and Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania) were very happy with their Bronze medal. Krupeckaite was all smiles with her second medal of these championships. "We are very happy, I knew that we could go faster in the finals and we did. I can not be disappointed with our ride," said Krupeckaite.  

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Results  

Final

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
GOLD Anna MEARES AUS 33.149 54.3
Kaarle MCCULLOCH AUS
SILVER Victoria PENDLETON GBR 33.38 53.924
Shanaze Reade GBR
BRONZE Simona KRUPECKAITE LTU 33.495 53.739
Gintare GAIVENYTE LTU
4 Sandie CLAIR FRA 33.638 53.51
Clara Sanchez FRA

 

Qualifying

Position Name Country Time Km/Hr
1 Anna MEARES AUS 33.452 53.808
Kaarle MCCULLOCH AUS
2 Victoria PENDLETON GBR 33.598 53.574
Shanaze Reade GBR
3 Sandie CLAIR FRA 33.609 53.557
Clara Sanchez FRA
4 Simona KRUPECKAITE LTU 33.617 53.544
Gintare GAIVENYTE LTU
5 Willy KANIS NED 33.791 53.268
Yvonne HIJGENAAR NED
6 Miriam WELTE GER 33.922 53.012
Kristina VOGEL GER
7 Jinjie GONG CHN 34.475 52.211
Lulu ZHENG CHN
8 Olga STRELTSOVA RUS 34.733 51.823
Swetlana Grankovskaya RUS
9 Aleksandra DREJGIER POL 35.095 51.289
Rebata Dabrowska POL
10 Wai See LEE HKG 36.418 49.426
Zhao Juan Meng HKG

 

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